June 30, 2020
Last week Americans celebrated a historic Supreme Court decision confirming that federal employment protections extend to and protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender workers. The positive implications of this ruling are far reaching and worth celebrating especially as we conclude Pride Month.
June 22, 2020
As DC children and families experience high levels of emotional stress and trauma from the pandemic, the economic crisis and the pain underlying the recent protests and calls for racial justice, access to mental health services is more critical than ever. Unfortunately, Mayor Bowser's proposed FY21 budget does not include funding to expand the school-based mental health program next year, and it makes significant cuts to spending on behavioral health services that would further restrict access to mental health services.
June 11, 2020
At Children's Law Center, we have seen how the coronavirus pandemic has destabilized the lives, routines, and educations of many of the children we serve, particularly students with special needs.
June 1, 2020
I want to start this letter with one simple message – Black Lives Matter. The pandemic, the number of Black lives lost at the hands of police and the protests of the last few days highlight how far away we are from our civic and political structures embracing these same ideals.
May 22, 2020
The pandemic is putting enormous stress on all families. With each passing day, the need for mental health supports increases. Yet the District's already complex mental health system is harder than ever to access. That's why we are reaching out to every child and family we work with to make sure they are able to access medication and therapy to help them manage during these hard times. And it is why we build strong relationships with families like the Harts,* so they will reach out to us when new crises emerge.
May 12, 2020
In an interview on The Kojo Nnamdi Show, CLC Policy Director Sharra E. Greer -- along with fellow guests DC Child and Family Services Agency Director Brenda Donald and Alison Gilbreath of Voices for Virginia's Children -- discussed the impact of the public health crisis on DC's child welfare services. Sharra shared CLC's success in advocating for youth at risk of aging out of foster care during the pandemic, gave insights into the challenges of virtual visits, and emphasized the importance of ensuring families and children have access to mental health supports.
May 8, 2020
Teens can be energetic, adventurous and at times impulsive - all reasons they need extra support as they transition into adulthood. It is also why we prioritized making extra calls to all the children we work with - especially our teens - the second we learned about COVID-19. We wanted to make sure they knew about and understood the severity of the pandemic and check in to see what additional resources we might need to advocate for so they could successfully shelter in place. Here is just a snapshot of what we heard.
May 4, 2020
CLC Executive Director Judith Sandalow spoke with the D.C. Policy Center to emphazise the importance of mental health supports for students while DC schools are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Every child, like every adult, is feeling some combination of grief, loss and anxiety because of the pandemic. Fear of COVID-19. New routines – or no routines. Missing friends and teachers. Absorbing their parents’ stress.
April 30, 2020
Through our work supporting DC families receiving or transitioning from shelter services, Children's Law Center sees critical, large-scale problems in the District's homeless services system. In an interview with Morgan Baskin for Washington City Paper, CLC Executive Director Judith Sandalow shares insight into the experiences of homeless DC families, the need for effective policies to end family homelessness, and how children who do not fit a narrow definition of homelessness -- but are still doubled up or experiencing unstable housing -- face the same harms.
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